Volunteers help create community woodland
Published: 2 March 2020
Big-hearted volunteers have been helping to create a community woodland in Exeter.
The volunteers were planting 2,000 trees as part of the Monkerton Ridge Plan in Pinhoe. The woodland creation site was recently adopted by from a developer in order to provide green space for the local community.
We're working in partnership with Trees for Cities to create a new community woodland that will be publicly accessible and provide a number of benefits to not just local people but to the wider area.
A 2018 I-tree Canopy Cover Assessment revealed that Exeter’s Canopy Cover is 24.5%, which is above average for UK towns and Cities.
The City Council recognises the great importance of trees and woodlands. Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management thanked all those who got involved in the initiative and devoted their time over the weekend. He said: “Trees not only benefit the environment and also provide valuable habitats for wildlife and biodiversity, they also deliver recognised benefits to mental health and wellbeing.”
Exeter City Council has set itself an ambitious target of reaching 30% canopy cover by 2040. In order to reach this target there needs to be a concerted effort from the council as well as other land owners within the city, to not only look after existing trees, but also to increase tree planting where there is the opportunity to do so.